Conversation with #GamerGate

So I entered the #GamerGate conversation, and was actually pleasantly surprised by the response!

Sadly, I’m unable to embed the Storify here because this is a free, hosted blog (which is kinda bullshit). If anyone knows how I can embed the Storify here, please let me know.

But anyways, here’s the link:

https://storify.com/NateHevens/conversation-with-gamergate

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@RichardDawkins… We Are Not Allies

This was first posted here on December 18, 2013. I’m reposting it, with a few small additions.

I was 21 when I first realized I was an atheist, and the same age when I told my mom and brother. I told my dad only a few months later, but after I turned 22.

During this period, it was all I was. I was just an atheist. I wasn’t anything else. I lived and breathed atheism, searched for atheists and atheist stuff online, and my antitheism came screaming out like never before. Because I was an antitheist first. Bill Hicks indulged my antitheism long before I realized I didn’t even believe in a higher power or powers. I realized I was an antitheist when I was 16 and started hating authority. It was only natural that I’d abhor religion, while still believing in a living god who’d talk directly to you, without the aid of some pathetic book or middle-man (clergy).

But then I read The God Delusion, and then the Bible. And I was an atheist.

And for years, I was happy with anyone who was an atheist. I didn’t care if they were feminists or misogynists. I didn’t care if they tried to fight patriarchy and rape culture or denied their existence. But I would only fight alongside atheists and I would never fight alongside a theist, because theists were crazy/delusional and faith was a virus… and “The God Delusion” was my bible.

So it’s safe to say I did the whole “critical thinking” thing wrong.

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The Customer is Always… Wrong, Part 2: Tales from the 2nd Window

I decided to collect my Facebook posts into another blog post. Enjoy.

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How I Feel Michael Brown’s @NYTimes Obituary Should Have Been Written… #Ferguson

Having read the New York Times obituary for Michael Brown, I was as disturbed as many others by the way it was written. As such, I have decided to try my hand at cleaning up the obituary, making it more like what I, at least, would have preferred to read. I attempted, as best I could, to change the tone of the piece, removing some things and changing the context and wording of others. I also added my own sentiment at the end. I hope my attempt is better than what the New York Times put out.

Speaking of… New York Times? You should be ashamed of yourself.

Copyright note: This falls under fair use as it is a critique.

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“I Hate Straight, White, Cis-Gendered, Able-Bodied Men”

I’m sorry, but how is this not clear? How is the satire not obvious in the statement? How can anybody actually take it seriously?

Look at my picture. Read my posts.

I am a straight, white, cis-gendered, able-bodied man. Despite my extreme anxiety, possible depression, almost-worrying lack of self-respect, and propensity for self-deprecation as humor, I don’t actually hate myself. I’ve been there, oh yes. There was a point in my life where I hated myself. But I don’t anymore.

And no, I do not hate straight, white, cis-gendered, able-bodied men.

I’m pretty sure that the statement qualifies as satire, or at least as an absurdist statement. I use it to make fun of homophobia, racism, transphobia, ableism, and misogyny. I use it to force people to face, head on, all of these forms of bigotries.

It also proves to be a really good litmus test. I find that the people who are offended by the statement are bigots… either subconsciously or consciously. And I can block them easier. It also lets me find friends, because the people who get it turn out to be awesome.

And that’s all I’m going to say from this point forward.

“I hate straight, white, cis-gendered, able-bodied men” is my tagline and my motto. So expect to see it everywhere you see me. Expect to be drowning in it. I’m going to over-do it and make it annoying, because it is, IMO, the funniest thing I’ve ever come up with. I’m proud of that fact because I don’t actually consider myself funny. So yes, I’m going to over-use it, and proudly so.

I think that maybe I should get it on a shirt…

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My Led Zeppelin Holy Grails

As a collector of unofficial Led Zeppelin material, there are so many things I wish to have but don’t. A few rare things are simply because I haven’t been able to find them. Some more are because they’re being horded.

But there’s some material that, as far as most collectors know, simply isn’t being circulated. Indeed, for some of this stuff, whether or not recordings exist is a question hotly debated.

But my interests aren’t limited to unofficial stuff. They extend towards potential official material, as well.

I got in to collecting unofficial Led Zeppelin material on an old, sadly no longer existing forum known as Planet Zeppelin. My very first unofficial recording was known as “The Secret History of Led Zeppelin”, which was a 1-cd compilation putting together some of the material from the BBC sessions that wasn’t officially released. I can’t put in to words how I felt when I listened to it for the first time, but it certainly made me addicted, and I haven’t stopped collecting since.

I’d like to go ahead and list, with short explanations, my top 10 “holy grails” of Led Zeppelin material, both official and unofficial.

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Elliot Rodger, Misogyny, Entitlement, and Why #YesAllWomen Matters

TRIGGER WARNING for this entire story. Everything about it is misogyny, rape culture, rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, entitlement, murder, and more. Please be wary read through this.

As most of you know by now, on Friday, May 23, Elliot Rodger stabbed three men in his home, shot two women outside a sorority house, then shot a fourth man at deli, before apparently shooting himself, in Isla Vista, California.

One only need to read through his manifesto, watch his videos, and read his social media posts to get his fully-spelled-out motivation: misogyny.

Pure. Unadulterated. Misogyny.

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